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I Made North Carolina’s Feedback Form for Digital Competencies Slightly Better

The Tech Savvy Educator - Sat, 09/27/2014 - 04:06

Jayme Linton, a good Twitter friend and Assistant Professor for Online Learning & Instructional Design at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, North Carolina, was chatting last week with Steve Anderson, another North Carolina educator, about a form that been been published by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction seeking feedback from educators in the state. Not being up on my North Carolina policy and educational initiatives, I took a quick look.

#NCed & #ncacte14 >> Provide feedback to #ncdpi_dtl on new digital learning competencies: https://t.co/uwQv2s5qQx

— Jayme Linton (@jaymelinton) September 25, 2014

It was less than encouraging. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure there are many good reasons why a state level department of Education would be seeking public comment on an important body of work (in this case crafting digital learning competencies for teachers) using one of the briefest and least rigorous Google Forms I’ve seen published by said agencies in awhile. I hear that North Carolina has been having budget problems, and quite often many bureaucratic types aren’t always well versed in the latest tools being used by practitioners in the field of education. These two reasons alone would have been fine with me, but the documentation that the NCDPI is seeking comments on sounds as though they’re fairly important, and I was taken aback by the brevity of space for responses.

I took a screenshot of the form (here’s a direct link if you’d like to view it) and marked it up a bit. Sure, it would have been nice if they had included an image of kids, or a classroom. Yes, it would be been ideal to link to the actual documentation the NCDPI was referring survey takers too (in the interest of ease). But there were a couple of issues I was puzzled about. Like asking some potentially “large” questions seeking considerations, feedback, and reactions while only providing a single text field to submit responses; sure you can type a lot in those boxes, but you can only see the last few words that you’ve typed. Secondly, I’ve grown accustomed to many large state level agencies seeking comments, but also providing a means to submit research, journal articles, and links to publications that help give comments and feedback more depth and support. Ideally, this would ultimately improve a document for thousands of individuals working for a large public institution based on something more than just opinions and feelings. I love opinions and feelings, but when it comes to making large systemic change, you need more than warm fuzzies to help ensure that the opinions you’re listening to have merit.

Below is the screenshot that I marked up.

After some consideration, and reflection on the thought that the creator of this document was certainly looking for brevity, I decided to improve upon it. So I made my own. On a Friday night.

If that doesn’t say something about my lack of a night life, then I hope it at least says something about my dedication to wanting schools, teachers, and educational institutions to be better. I didn’t alter the feedback form too much. I expanded the response fields to paragraph texts, and included a couple of questions that might help give a better cursory glance at the mood of those completing the survey. For example, I tossed in a simple Likert Scale question right off the bat, so that reviewers of the aggregated submissions have a quick visual reference for how educators felt about the digital literacy competencies for teachers (not confident to completely confident). I also included a few places for survey takers to submit important links, resources, and other documentation that might help hone and refine the draft up for review. I tossed in a quick “thanks” and made the “submit optional contact info” field a little more straight forward (name and email, rather than just one box asking for non-specific contact info).

Oh, and I managed to snag a nice photo of some students using a few computers at Fort Bragg, so there was at least a human element to the feedback form. Here’s what I came up with.

And below is a link to the newly created document, just in case someone wants to send their feedback on North Carolina’s Digital Literacy Competencies for teachers directly to me Seriously though, I did this not to be snarky, but to be genuinely helpful. I feel that our leaders, and the refinement or polish they put into their work, serves as a model for the type of work we do as educators. If we don’t see the type of leadership that we feel the larger community needs, then it’s upon us to step up and be the model of what some of the basics of communication and collecting input from stakeholders should look like.

Link to Ben’s “Slightly Better” feedback form

 

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iOS 8 Downgrade to iOS 7.1.2: Too Late Now

GottaBeMobile - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 21:15

iOS 8 Downgrade to iOS 7.1.2: Too Late Now is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

If you upgraded to iOS 8 when it was initially released last week before the iPhone 6 launched, you were still able to downgrade back to iOS 7.1.2 if you didn’t like the new changes. However, Apple has officially quit signing iOS 7.1.2, which means if you updated to iOS 8, it’s now too late to downgrade to iOS 7.1.2.

This certainly isn’t out of the ordinary for Apple to prevent users from downgrading to older versions of iOS. The company likes to have its users stick to the latest version once they upgraded, so it usually closes out older versions of iOS after a week or so when a newer version is released.

This news is especially important to those whose iOS devices are jailbroken on iOS 7.1.2 or earlier. If you update to iOS 8, you’ll lose your jailbreak and won’t be able to downgrade back to iOS 7.1.2, so be extra careful when plugging your iPhone or iPad into your computer and opening iTunes, as the program will ask you to download and install iOS 8. Remember when your parents taught you to “just say no”? Now is that time.

When will we see an iOS 8 jailbreak then? Ever since the initial announcement of iOS 8, jailbreakers have been curious as to when an iOS 8 jailbreak would hit the public. Of course, we could rely on past history as far as when to expect it, but even that’s a little shaky.

We likely won’t see an iOS 8 jailbreak until closer to the end of the year at the earliest, and that’s because jailbreak developers don’t want Apple to patch up the exploits used for the jailbreak too early. What this means is that if devs were to release the jailbreak to iOS 8 right now, Apple would quickly patch it up before the company releases another iOS 8 update, which would mean jailbreak devs would have to start from square one again.

We should ultimately expect the same time frame as the iOS 7 jailbreak, which was released a few months after iOS 7 was publicly launched in September 2013. Because of this, you’ll be waiting a while for an official iOS 8 jailbreak to release.

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iOS 8 comes with a very similar user interface that practically remains unchanged from iOS 7, but it includes some very cool features that we’ve seen before in other apps and in jailbreak tweaks, but are now coming to iOS natively.

However, what if you actually want to lose your jailbreak so that you can update to iOS 8 and get the new features? No one’s stopping you, and you’re free to do so. We actually have a guide on how to update to iOS 8 from an iOS 7 jailbreak the right way.

If you’ve made the decision to lose your jailbreak and update to iOS 8, there are a few things to keep in mind before you take the plunge. Most notably, it’s important how exactly you restore your iPhone and update to iOS 8. Updating from a jailbroken iPhone to a new version of iOS 8 isn’t all that complicated, but it’s also not a quick and dirty process.

You’ll want to make sure you perform a full backup through iTunes, and then you’ll want to do a full restore while updating to iOS 8. From there, you can then restore your apps and settings to your iPhone or iPad, and you should be greeted with a working copy of iOS 8.

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iOS 8 Downgrade to iOS 7.1.2: Too Late Now is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

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New HTC One M8 Release Could Deliver Improved Camera

GottaBeMobile - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 21:09

New HTC One M8 Release Could Deliver Improved Camera is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

The HTC One M8 was announced and released back at the end of March and has been an extremely popular smartphone throughout the year, with one major flaw. That being the improved “Duo Camera” on back featuring two 4 Ultrapixel cameras for a unique set of features. However, a new and improved option is reportedly coming soon.

The original HTC One had the same 4 Ultrapixel camera, and in 2014 HTC added a second camera on the back of its flagship phone in order to deliver tons of new features, but many complained about the dip in resolution, and lack of the option to crop photos.

Read: iPhone 6 vs HTC One M8: What Buyers Need to Know

The One M8 received heavy praises from most reviews in all aspects except the camera, and it sounds like HTC is listening to its fans because two new rumors have surfaced this week suggesting a new HTC One M8 release could be coming next month with a 13 megapixel Duo camera setup instead. Simply called the HTC One M8 Eye.

The 4 megapixel “Ultrapixel” camera delivered on the phone simply can’t compete with the 8 megapixel iPhone 6, or even the 13 and 16 megapixel cameras in smartphones like the Moto X, LG G3, or the Galaxy S5.

As a result, HTC is apparently set to release another smartphone with a long and odd name, and two new reports are confirming that. While we’ve yet to see any leaks or hear anything of this sort from HTC, a few sources have all the details. Popular HTC developer LlabTooFer posted the information this week on Twitter, and a second source is reporting something similar.

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M8 + 13MP Duo Camera = M8_EYE :)

— @upleaks (@upleaks) September 13, 2014

@Upleaks doesn’t reveal as much as the other, but simply states that there is a new HTC One M8 coming with the 4 Ultrapixel camera being swapped out to offer a 13 megapixel Duo Camera (still two cameras on back) and it is called the HTC One M8 Eye. This may not be the final name upon release, but we’ll have to wait and see.

Speaking of release, LlabTooFer claims the new smartphone is actually set to be announced and released in October along with some changes. The current HTC One M8 only runs Android 4.4.3 KitKat, but the new M8 Eye will have the absolute latest Android 4.4.4 KitKat, HTC Sense 6.0 UI on board, and of course the better camera.

It’s worth noting that HTC released a plastic variant of the One M8 on Sprint earlier this year with a 13 megapixel camera called the HTC One E8, which could have set the groundwork for this new and improved smartphone.

The HTC One M8 is arguably one of the best smartphones of 2014, save for the camera, and another option with this issue addressed could sway a few of those iPhone 6 buyers to look back to HTC before years end.

@Upleaks also confirms the front camera will still be 5 megapixels, like the HTC One M8, and the new phone will offer an all aluminum design. Most likely we’re looking at the exact same smartphone with a different camera, but will have to wait and see. If so buyers can expect a 5-inch 1080p HD display, quad-core processor, 32GB of storage, the new 13 and 2MP Duo Camera options on the back, and a decent 2,600 mAh battery on this new phone.

Read: HTC One M8 Android 4.4.4 KitKat Update Rumored

Hopefully some sort of trade-in deal will be available for those with the original HTC One M8 released earlier this year, but that’s only speculation. There’s also no telling if this new variant will even arrive in the United States, especially considering many are expecting a new HTC One M9 to be released sometime in March or April of 2015.

HTC has an event scheduled for October 8th in NYC for a GoPro like camera, and the company could use that stage to announce this new HTC One M8 Eye too. We’ll have to wait and see, and will update once we hear additional details.

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New HTC One M8 Release Could Deliver Improved Camera is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iOS 8.0.2 Problems Plague Users Even After iOS 8.0.1 Update

GottaBeMobile - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 18:55

iOS 8.0.2 Problems Plague Users Even After iOS 8.0.1 Update is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

Apple released the first update for iOS 8 earlier this week in the form of iOS 8.0.1, which was supposed to fix some minor issues that users have discovered on launch day. However, the minor update actually made things worse, killing cell service and making Touch ID completely useless.

However, just yesterday, the company released iOS 8.0.2, which fixes many of the sudden problems that iOS 8.0.1 introduced, but it seems that some users are still having some issues with their iPhones.

Some users are reporting that even after updating to iOS 8.0.2, the Springboard crashes and restarts constantly. Furthermore, other users are still reporting that they can’t get any cell service after updating to iOS 8.0.2.

Over on our end, a member of the GottaBeMobile team says that he’s having issues as well on his iPhone 6 Plus, where the screen won’t respond suddenly at random times. The only solution that has been found so far for this is restoring the iPhone 6 in DFU mode, but even then the screen won’t respond.

Overall, though, it seems like smooth sailing for the iOS 8.0.2 for a lot of users, but it seems some iPhone 6 units are still plagued by the haunting of iOS 8.0.1.

Shortly after releasing iOS 8.0.1 to the public, Apple pulled the update because many users were having major problems with it. While they could downgrade back to iOS 8.0.0, Apple went ahead and just pulled the plug on the update at the time until iOS 8.0.2 released.

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iOS 8.0.1 came with a handful of bug fixes and improvements including fixes for the keyboards, Photo Library, unexpected cellular data usage when receiving SMS or MMS messages, and much more. Overall, the update just seems to fix a few problems that have plagued users who installed the update on launch day, but it’s been causing more harm than good lately.

Users on iOS 8.0.1 who are experiencing these issues will see Searching… appear up in the left-hand corner of the screen in the status bar where the cell signal is usually located. When that appears instead, it means that you don’t have cell service in that particular area. However, even while located in a well-covered cellular area, some users are still claiming they can’t get service after updating to iOS 8.0.1.

First off, you could still make calls on your iPhone 6 even without a cellular signal. All you need to do is connect to a WiFi network and use an app that can make audio calls, such as FaceTime Audio, Google Hangouts or even Skype.

Better yet, if you installed iOS 8.0.1, you can still downgrade back to iOS 8. All you have to do is download the iOS 8 install file and restore your iPhone by selecting that install file from iTunes (make sure you turn off Find My iPhone before you begin this process). This also works if you upgraded to iOS 8.0.2 and are still experiencing problems.

Apple usually doesn’t let you downgrade to previous versions of iOS after you’ve already updated, but in this case, the company is still signing iOS 8.0, so it’s still open to download and install if you need to go back to it for this reason.

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iOS 8.0.2 Problems Plague Users Even After iOS 8.0.1 Update is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iPhone 6 vs LG G2: What Buyers Need to Know

GottaBeMobile - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 18:42

iPhone 6 vs LG G2: What Buyers Need to Know is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

This month Apple released the highly rumored and much anticipated iPhone 6 with a bigger 4.7-inch display. The phone is finally here, available as we speak, and consumers are likely weighing all the options available this fall for a new smartphone.

While many manufacturers have released flagship phones this year that compare nicely to the new iPhone 6, some from 2013 do too. In fact, here we’ll compare the new iPhone 6 to last years LG G2. A phone that is still extremely capable. While there are tons of options to choose from in 2014, below we’ll rundown a few things you’ll want to know about the iPhone 6 and the still impressive LG G2 from 2013.

Read: iPhone 6 vs LG G3: What Buyers Need to Know

The new iPhone 6 shows some major changes for Apple. First with a new and improved iOS 8, and then a major redesign of the iPhone for the first time in two years. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are both big, rounded on the sides, and look completely different from past models. LG has a new G3 this year that can take on the iPhone 6, and below we’ll explain why last years G2 is still a good alternative to the 4.7-inch iPhone 6.

The iPhone 6 was finally released on September 19th and sold millions of units. In fact, reports suggest over 10 million were sold in the opening week alone, meaning the phone is doing extremely well thus far. It’s a great phone for a lot of users, but so is the LG G2. These phones are very different, but both have a lot to offer.

Display

First up is the display, considering this is the first time Apple has taken a major step in regards to screen size. The new iPhone 6 Plus has a massive 5.5-inch screen, but it’s only 1080p. This can’t compete with the LG G3 Quad-HD display, and the same can be said for the smaller versions.

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The iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch 720p HD display, and when compared to the LG G2 which offers a 5.2-inch 1080p HD display, size becomes important for the buyer.

To be exact, the iPhone 6 is 1334 x 750 pixels per inch. This should still look relatively clear, but most phones over the past year on the Android side in that screen size have already adopted the 1080p resolution that Apple saved only for its larger device.

After using the iPhone 6 since being released we can say that it’s an excellent display. All of Apple’s phones look great. The screen is bright and crisp, and viewing angles are rather excellent.

The LG G2 from 2013 though, is 5.2-inches and 1080p. Images will be more crisp, sharp, and possibly vibrant. While the colors or viewing angles don’t seem to be as good, it’s still a great viewing experience. If you want a bigger screen, but not an iPhone 6 Plus size, the LG G2 is a great middle ground. It also has tiny bezels to keep the physical size of the device rather small.

Design

The new iPhone doesn’t have any bold new changes, but the entire look is slightly new. They’ve changed out the look used over the past two years in favor of a more solid aluminum construction throughout the phone. There’s no more two-tone colors, as it’s all silver, black, or gold. However there are some gaps in the aluminum design for WiFi, 4G LTE, and NFC connectivity. This is essentially a gap to ensure proper performance from wireless radios, and to make sure you get enough bars to place calls. It can’t be all aluminum, or connections will suffer.

The overall design of the new iPhone 6 is pretty impressive. It’s sleek, thinner than previous generations while also being bigger and boasting better battery life, but there are a few compromises. One is the resolution of each screen as mentioned above, and the second is the new 8 megapixel iSight camera protrudes out a bit. We’d prefer it to be flat, but for whatever reason this wasn’t feasible.

Overall the design is what we’ve come to expect from Apple. It’s gorgeous, well made, and looks extremely durable. A few reports have surfaced claiming the bigger design and thin aluminum materials aren’t durable and the phones are bending in pockets. But that’s a bit overblown.

On the flipside, the LG G2 was built with one thing in mind, and that was to be sleek and offer nearly nothing on the front but a speaker grill and the huge display. The buttons are on the back in order to keep the sides clear. This allows for an edge-to-edge screen that just looks stunning. This allowed for a large 5.2-inch HD display on a phone not much bigger than most phones with smaller screens, including the new iPhone 6. Although it is slightly bigger.

The LG G2 is made of a lightweight plastic and certainly doesn’t look or feel as premium as the iPhone, but that isn’t what it’s going for. Whether that matters to you or not is up to the buyer, we’re just sharing the details. The LG G2 is lightweight yet durable, easy to hold, and has a stunning screen. We have a feeling the 6 Plus may be too big for many, but some still want a screen bigger than 4.7-inches, and the LG G2 could be a good fit.

Specs

Comparing specs doesn’t mean one is better than the other, especially considering one is Android vs iOS. While we won’t go into the discussion of quad-core vs dual core (or iOS vs Android for that matter) below is the detailed breakdown of what both have to offer in terms of specs, and size. These phones are nearly the exact same size, with the iPhone 6 of course being thinner.

LG G2 Specs

  • 5.2-inch 1920 x 1080p Full HD Display
  • 2.3 GHz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM
  • 32GB of storage (no micro-SD)
  • 13 megapixel camera with OIS, 2.1 front shooter
  • Plastic design, buttons on the rear
  • IR Blaster for remote control
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 3,000 mAh battery
  • 138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm and 143 grams

iPhone 6 Specs

  • 4.7-inch 1334 x 750 HD IPS Retina Display
  • 1.4 GHz Dual-core Apple A8 processor with 1GB of RAM
  • 16/64/128GB storage, no micro-SD
  • 8 Megapixel rear and 1.2 front facing cameras
  • Meal design all around
  • Apple iOS 8
  • Fingerprint scanner with TouchID
  • 1,810 mAh battery
  • 138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm and 129 grams

Looking at the specs you’ll notice a lot of similarities, and differences. The overall size is extremely similar. With both being the same height, LG being a bit wider for the bigger display, and Apple’s new phone being a bit thinner. It’s worth nothing these are very similar in size while one has a bigger more HD display, bigger battery, and what could be a better camera.

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

One thing buyers should be aware of is storage. Apple never offers micro-SD cards for expandable storage, and LG didn’t either on the LG G2 in 2013. You get 16/64/128GB iPhone 6 options, vs a 16 or 32GB LG G2, and that’s the only option. This is a rare case where Apple wins over an Android in terms of storage, as most Android phones support a micro-SD card, including the newer LG G3 released back in May. This brings us to our next point.

Price

One major aspect of buying a new smartphone is the price. We all know Apple devices are expensive, and the new iPhone’s are no different. However, this year Apple buyers will have a few new choices in terms of storage configurations too, but at a cost. Here’s the breakdown for the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus vs the LG G2.

  • iPhone 6 16GB – $199
  • iPhone 6 64GB – $299
  • iPhone 6 128GB – $399
  • iPhone 6 Plus 16GB – $299
  • iPhone 6 Plus 64GB – $399
  • iPhone 6 Plus 128GB – $499

As a reminder, these prices are when you sign a 2-year contract with your carrier of choice. Meaning the 128GB iPhone 6 is $499 along with a 2-year contract. The LG G2 however, is $499 outright, no contract required. It originally launched for a bit more, but now that it is a year old most carriers are offering it free vs $99 or $199 on contract, and the full retail price has dropped to only $499.

A bigger redesigned iPhone 6 with more storage options than ever before sounds great, but it comes at a price. If you truly need 64 or 128GB of storage the LG G2 isn’t a good option, but there’s plenty of other Android phones around.

Most likely users will opt for the 64GB iPhone 6 option, as 16GB isn’t much these days with all the impressive games and high quality applications available for smartphones. However, a 32GB LG G2 for free sure sounds nice, right?

Camera

Apple is known for providing good cameras in its phones, and the new iPhone 6 promises to deliver the best experience yet. It’s still 8 megapixels, like previous years, but has been overhauled to deliver the best camera on any iPhone. Last year the LG G2 was one of the first phones with Optical Image Stabilization. It took pretty excellent photos, but didn’t work as well as many hoped. The new G3 though, is even better, and both offer Apple some competition.

Initial impressions on the iPhone 6 camera are excellent, so camera-focused buyers will likely want to get the iPhone 6 over something like the aging LG G2, but it should do a great job for the vast majority of buyers.

Not to mention Apple’s TrueTone flash and 240 FPS slow-motion video capture are a few more features that LG’s smartphone simply can’t match. If the camera is important, you’ll want to try these both before buying one vs the other.

Final Thoughts

If you’ve used an iPhone or an Android device in the past you know what you’re getting with either of these phones, most likely. Instead of trying to compare each and every little bit, above are the important things buyers will want to know. Those being the design of each phone, the screen size and resolution, and of course the price. Both phones are readily available around the United States from all major carriers, and many still offer the LG G2 for a huge discount, if not free.

We’re still digging through everything on the new iPhone 6 and iOS 8 and reviews are coming, but in the meantime feel free to take a peek at our LG G2 Review from last year.

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iPhone 6 vs LG G2: What Buyers Need to Know is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iOS 8.0.2 Release Fixes iOS 8.0.1 Problems

GottaBeMobile - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 01:48

iOS 8.0.2 Release Fixes iOS 8.0.1 Problems is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Just a day after the iOS 8.0.1 release, Apple’s released a new iOS 8.0.2 update that not only tackles iOS 8 problems but also iOS 8.0.1 problems that impacted iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 users after iOS 8.0.1′s arrival.

Yesterday, Apple released its first iOS 8 bug fix update in the form of iOS 8.0.1. The update came a week after the iOS 8.0 release and it was aimed at solving some of the initial problems brought on by Apple’s brand new update for iPhone and iPad. And while it did deliver fixes to iOS users, it also delivered some problems of its own.

Almost immediately after the iOS 8.0.1 release, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users started complaining about iOS 8.0.1 problems and specifically, issues with cellular data and Touch ID. Within minutes, Apple pulled the iOS 8.0.1 update from its servers leaving a bunch of angry iPhone and iPhone 6 Plus users in the update’s wake.

Earlier today, it appeared as if Apple would wait a few days before releasing an iOS 8.0.2 update. Tonight though, it delivered a surprise update to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users running iOS 8.0 and iOS 8.0.1.

That surprise is the iOS 8.0.2 update, a bug fixer that not only fixes the iOS 8.0.1 issues from yesterday but also includes the same bug fixes that iOS 8.0.1 had on board when it touched down earlier this week. The update is available for all devices running iOS 8 which includes the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, iPad Air, iPad mini with Retina Display, iPad mini, iPad 4, iPad 3, iPad 2, and iPod touch fifth-generation.

Here’s what’s new inside of Apple’s latest iOS 8 update:

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  • Fixes an issue in iOS 8.0.1 that impacted cellular network connectivity and Touch ID on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
  • Fixes a bug so HealthKit apps can now be made available on the App Store
  • Addresses an issue where 3rd party keyboards could become deselected when a user enters their passcode
  • Fixes an issue that prevented some apps from accessing photos from the Photo Library
  • Improves the reliability of the Reachability feature on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
  • Fixes an issue that could cause unexpected cellular data usage when receiving SMS/MMS messages
  • Better support of Ask To Buy for Family Sharing for In-App Purchases
  • Fixes an issue where ringtones were sometimes not restored from iCloud backups
  • Fixes a bug that prevented uploading photos and videos from Safari

This is an essential update for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users who were left without network activity after the arrival of iOS 8.0.2 though owners of other iPhones and iPads might want to see how the update plays out. While these small updates bring bug fixes, they can also bring trouble. We saw that first-hand with Apple’s iOS 8.0.1 update.

The iOS 8.0.2 update is fairly large on the iPhone 6, nearly 80MB, though it’s much smaller on an iPhone 5 running iOS 8.0.1. That update is a mere 14MB and it took only minutes to download and install. Those with precious files will still want to make sure the device is backed up before installing Apple’s brand new software update.

iOS 8.0.2 will likely be the second of many upcoming bug fixes. Apple tends to roll out several bug fix updates over the course of the year including a mid-year x.1 update that typically delivers new features in addition to key bug fixes. iOS 8.1 still isn’t confirmed though rumors have alluded to several features that it could have when it arrives months down the road.

The release of iOS 8.0.2 comes just days after the arrival of Apple’s new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The two new iPhones replace the iPhone 5s as the company’s flagship models and it will be the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus that take on the Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note Edge, LG G3, and Moto X during the holiday shopping season.

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iOS 8.0.2 Release Fixes iOS 8.0.1 Problems is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Photos & Features

GottaBeMobile - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 23:17

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Photos & Features is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is a new Galaxy Note that includes a new curved display that many users can’t wait to see. Although you’ll need to wait for a release to go hands-on, you can check out this collection of Samsung Galaxy Note Edge photos to see the new curved display and design.

In early September Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge smartphones with crisp new QHD displays packing an incredible number of pixels into a smartphone display. The Galaxy Note Edge features a special edge that curves along the right side of the phone.

In addition to the 5.6-inch 2,560 x 1,440 resolution display on the front of the device the curved edge offers a place where you can see notifications and other important information as well as personalize the look of the Note Edge.

We still don’t know the Galaxy Note Edge release date, but rumors point to a limited release internationally and abroad later this year, with more countries in 2015. Given this is a new device with a special display, expect to see limited quantities available when it finally arrives.

This is still a Galaxy Note device, and like the Galaxy Note 4 this includes the S Pen and S Not software that adds new features to help users capture notes from a whiteboard and then keep taking notes with the S Pen. Other features include Multi-Window mode to run two apps at once and a new fast charging option that lets users charge up to 50% in 30 minutes.

Galaxy Note Edge Photos

Samsung let us use the Galaxy Note Edge earlier this month to figure out what’s so special about the curved display on the edge of the Note Edge and to see the other features. Along with all the Note Edge photos we’ll share important details like features, specs and more that you can expect from Samsung this fall.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge includes a slightly smaller dispaly than the Galaxy Note 4, but the curved edge is something you won't find on the flagship Note 4. 

The display is a big deal due to the curved edge that you won't find on any other production smartphone and for the high resolution that is quickly becoming a must have feature for high-end Android smartphones. 

Samsung packs in a 5.6-inch QHD display on the Note Edge. This is a 2,560 x 1,440 resolution display and another 160 x 1,440 resolution area for the curve. By comparison, the Galaxy Note 4 features a 5.7-inch 2,560 x 1,440 resolution display. 

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Photos & Features is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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The Galaxy Note Edge Price: Everything We Know

GottaBeMobile - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 22:53

The Galaxy Note Edge Price: Everything We Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge release date continues to elude consumers in the United States and abroad but it’s not the only vital piece of information that remains missing in action. The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge price remains a mystery as we push further away from its launch date though we have started to piece things together with the information that we do have.

At the start of the month, Samsung announced a slew of new products including a brand new Galaxy Note 4 and a surprise device called the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. The Galaxy Note 4 will be the true successor to last year’s Galaxy Note 3 and it will go on sale with a number of high-powered features starting in mid-October. The Galaxy Note Edge, a device that shares a lot in common with the Galaxy Note 4, will also deliver some explosive specs including a curved display.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note Edge features a Quad HD resolution, a 2.7 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 805 with 3GB of RAM, Android 4.4.4 KitKat with Samsung TouchWiz, 16MP camera with Optical Image Stabilization, massive battery, and a thin 8.3mm frame. It also comes with an S Pen stylus though the display, seen in the video below, should be its biggest draw.

At the event, Samsung ran many of the key Galaxy Note Edge features including hardware, software, and carriers. It even announced a Galaxy Note Edge release date for later this year. However, Samsung failed to mention anything about the specific Galaxy Note Edge release date or the Galaxy Note Edge price leaving it up to us to fill in the blanks for consumers ahead of its official announcements.

While we’ve spent a lot of time delving into the Galaxy Note Edge release date, it’s now time to take a look at what we know about the Galaxy Note Edge price, a important piece to the puzzle and a piece that could ultimately decide the Galaxy Note Edge’s future. We don’t know everything but we do know enough to help paint a broad picture for those interested in Samsung’s new Galaxy Note with the curved display.

Galaxy Note Edge – Limited Edition & High-End

First, we want to set the stage for those of you interested in picking up the Galaxy Note Edge in the weeks ahead. The first thing that you must know is that the Galaxy Note Edge has, all along, been touted as a high-end device aimed at the high-end market. Samsung made this explicitly clear in several controlled leaks including one from Bloomberg earlier this year.

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“We are targeting consumers who want more professional use and tend to be willing to pay more for handsets.”

The other clue that we have are recent comments from a Samsung executive who says that the device will be a “limited edition concept.” Limited edition, concept, these words to us hint at an expensive device that will be aimed at people that are alright with shelling out some extra money for something that could be fairly exclusive.

If you recall, Samsung released a limited edition concept called the Galaxy Round. The Galaxy Round, which hit Korea in 2013, was in possession of an extremely expensive price tag that priced most consumers out.

While we may not see the same exact price here with the Galaxy Note Edge, it does look like Samsung might be trying to set consumer expectations without actually revealing the price tag.

Galaxy Note Edge Price

The Galaxy Note Edge price leaks that we have seen all point in the direction that Samsung’s seems to be taking consumers. That is, they all suggest that the Galaxy Note Edge will be more expensive than the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the other flagship that’s touching down later this year.

We haven’t seen a ton of details emerge just yet, and none for Western countries like the U.S. or the UK, but we have seen some details emerge in Germany and in China.

Galaxy Note Edge pre-orders are live in Germany and they come with some startling price tags. Amazon Germany was charging nearly €1000 for the Galaxy Note Edge though we can no longer find the listing on its website. German retailer Notebooksbilliger is currently charging that same amount for the Galaxy Note Edge, a price that’s €300 more expensive than the Galaxy Note 4. This isn’t the only chatter.

A Weibo post from an alleged China Mobile employee suggests that the Galaxy Note Edge price could be expensive in China as well. That post indicates that China Mobile could charge 7,000 Yuan for the Galaxy Note Edge. That translates to about $1,139.

Last year’s Galaxy Note 3 was 5,399 yuan and the Galaxy Note 4 is expected to command a price around 5,100 Yuan or around $830. That’s around the price that AT&T is charging for the Galaxy Note 4 off-contract so the price makes sense.

Now these Galaxy Note Edge prices don’t come from Samsung itself so they’re a little hard to trust. That said, everything is trending in the same direction. Exclusive device, high-end, more expensive than the Galaxy Note 4. Which, we should add, makes sense given the screen technology that is on board Samsung’s new device.

How this translates for the U.S. market, we can’t be sure. What we do know is that the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is $299.99 on-contract and up to $826 off-contract. It’s not a cheap smartphone. So if the Galaxy Note Edge is more expensive than the Galaxy Note 4, we could be pushing into the $350 to $400 territory on-contract and perhaps into the $900+ range off-contract.

That’s absurdly expensive for a smartphone and far more expensive than the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The iPhone 6 starts at $199.99 while the iPhone 6 Plus starts at $299.99.

Nothing is confirmed at this point so Samsung does have some wiggle room. We already saw it bump the Galaxy Note 4 release date up to better compete against the iPhone and we could potentially see it make some behind-the-scenes changes to the Galaxy Note Edge price.

Given what we’ve seen though, we’d start preparing for the worst.

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The Galaxy Note Edge Price: Everything We Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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How to See What Apps Use the Most iPhone Battery Life

GottaBeMobile - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 18:18

How to See What Apps Use the Most iPhone Battery Life is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

When you experience bad iPhone battery life it’s not always the way you’re using the iPhone. With iOS 8 you can see what apps use the most iPhone battery life with just a few taps.

Once you discover what apps are using the most iPhone battery life you can stop using the app so much, turn off background app access or remove the app to get better iPhone battery life on iOS 8.

For years you could only guess at what app used the most iPhone battery life, but with the free iOS 8 update Apple now includes the option to see the apps using your iPhone battery life.

Find out what apps are using iPhone battery life on your phone.

We’ll show you how to see what iPhone apps use your battery the most, what the listing means, and how you can stop an app from draining your iPhone battery life. This works on any device running iOS 8. That includes the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s and iPhone 5c. You do need to upgrade to the free iOS 8 update to unlock this feature.

How to See Apps Using the Most iPhone Battery Life

These directions walk you through how to find out what apps use the most iPhone battery life on your iPhone. This is better than simply looking for the overall apps that are the worst iPhone battery life hogs because it is specific to your iPhone and your usage.

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Go to Settings -> General -> Usage -> Battery Usage. This shows you a list of apps that use your iPhone battery life the most. You can view this or the last 24 hours or over the last several days.

iOS 8 shows what apps use the most iPhone battery life.

With this list of apps and services that use the most iPhone battery life you can start making changes to get better battery life on your iPhone.

The list shows the apps in order of the battery life they used and a small piece of information about the usage.

For apps that only show an app name it is listing the iPhone battery life you use when you are actively using the app. Most of the listings will only show the app name and icon.

Common reasons apps use more iPhone battery life.

Sometimes you will see “background activity” listed under the app name. If you see this, the app is using battery life to get updates when you are not using it. This can be a chat app like Hangouts or a mail app that is checking for messages all the time.

If you want to turn this background access off you can go to Settings -> General -> Background App Refresh -> Turn off access for the app you need to limit. You don’t need to turn off Background App Refresh for all apps, just those you want to limit.

You can stop background activity from using your iPhone battery life overall or per app basis.

Another warning you’ll see is “low signal” when you are using  service in a poor reception area. When the phone needs to search for a signal all the time it uses more battery life. We normally see this on Home & Lock Screen and Personal Hotspot. The best thing to do is look for a way to get a better signal, or maybe even turn cellular off when you are in really bad reception areas. You can turn off cellular by going to Settings -> Cellular -> Off. With this off you can’t make calls, so you don’t want to leave this off all the time, but it can help in some situations.

If neither of these options help you can uninstall the app from your iPhone. Tap and hold on the app you want to uninstall, the app will start to wiggle, then tap on the small X. That will remove the app. After removing Facebook our iPhone battery life improved, which is just one example.

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How to See What Apps Use the Most iPhone Battery Life is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Galaxy Note Edge vs Galaxy S4: 5 Things Buyers Need to Know

GottaBeMobile - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 18:16

Galaxy Note Edge vs Galaxy S4: 5 Things Buyers Need to Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

With a Galaxy Note Edge release confirmed for later this year, many consumers are looking at Samsung’s unique smartphone. Some of those prospective buyers are Samsung Galaxy S4 owners who are thinking about taking an upgrade. This Galaxy Note Edge vs Galaxy S4 comparison addresses the most important differences, and similarities, that buyers need to know.

On September 3rd, Samsung arrived in Berlin, Germany to announce several new products for the fall. First, we saw another intro for the Samsung Gear S, an Apple Watch competitor and a device that appears to be a solid alternative to current Android smartwatches. We also saw the Gear VR virtual reality headset make its first appearance.

The stars of the show though were the new Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 successor and the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. The Galaxy Note Edge is a high-end alternative to the Galaxy Note 4 and it’s a device that many consumers have their eyes on as we head deeper into the fall, closer to Black Friday and the holidays.

Many of those consumers are Galaxy S4 users who are weighing their options after a year and a half with Samsung’s former flagship. With some carriers offering early upgrades, some Galaxy S4 users are thinking about making a switch. While the Galaxy Note 4, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are both worth looking at, the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is another flagship that Galaxy S4 users familiar with TouchWiz will want to consider.

While we can’t tell you what to do, we can push you in the right direction. Ahead of the Galaxy Note Edge release, we take a look at the five most important things buyers need to know about the Galaxy Note Edge vs Galaxy S4. Keep in mind, this is aimed at Galaxy S4 upgraders though it will apply to those looking at buying either the Galaxy Note Edge or Galaxy S4.

Galaxy Note Edge Release Date

While Samsung’s new Galaxy Note is official, the Galaxy Note Edge release date is still unclear. Samsung confirmed it for later this year though it hasn’t made any official announcements since it took the stage earlier this month. We have seen the Galaxy Note Edge release date make some progress behind the scenes though.

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Earlier this week, a Samsung official revealed plans to release the Galaxy Note Edge in Korea in late October. That date isn’t official and perhaps serves as a target date for Samsung’s Next Big Thing. Korea and the U.S. seem to the be the focus for Samsung with a U.S. release confirmed for several carriers sometime in the fall.

Other counties though are likely going to have to wait. The UK apparently won’t be getting it at launch and Canada won’t get the Galaxy Note Edge until sometime in 2015.

What this means is that you probably won’t be able to physically compare the two for at least a month, maybe longer. As we’ve pointed out many times, we highly recommend absorbing this advice and then checking the phones out for yourself. Picking a smartphone is an extremely personal decision and it requires some hands on time.

Galaxy Note Edge Size vs. Galaxy S4 Size

Both Samsung Galaxy Note Edge and Galaxy S4 are large phones though the Galaxy Note Edge is noticeably larger. This isn’t surprising given its screen size and given that it’s a Galaxy Note. Galaxy Note models are always larger than Galaxy S models.

While we can’t compare the two physically just yet, the photo below will give you an idea about the Galaxy Note Edge’s size. Even for you Galaxy S4 users, the Galaxy Note Edge’s size will likely require a period of adjustment.

The Galaxy Note Edge vs. Galaxy S4.

Here’s how that breaks down:

  • Galaxy Note Edge - 151.3 x 82.4 x 8.3 mm – 174 grams
  • Galaxy S4 – 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm – 130 grams

The Galaxy Note Edge is taller, wider, thicker, and heavier than the Galaxy S4. What this means is that the Galaxy Note Edge is going to be a little harder to use with one hand and it’s also going to be less pocketable. Those of you who are accustomed to storing your phone in your skinny jeans might have some trouble fitting the Galaxy Note Edge. It’s a big phone.

Galaxy Note Edge Specs vs. Galaxy S4 Specs

Not all of you will want or need to compare specs, especially given the Galaxy S4′s age, but if you do, you’re going to find that the Galaxy Note Edge comes with a spec list that puts the Galaxy S4 to shame. We’ll point out some of the key differences that you should be aware of in the build up to the Galaxy Note Edge release later this year.

Galaxy Note Edge Specs
  • 5.6-inch Quad HD display with bent side
  • Snapdragon 805 processor (U.S.)
  • 3GB RAM
  • 16MP camera with Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3.7MP front-facing camera
  • 32GB / 64GB storage with support for 128GB microSD cards
  • Android 4.4.4 KitKat
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • UV sensor
  • Heart rate sensor
  • NFC
  • Fast charging
  • 3000 mah battery
  • S Pen
Galaxy S4 Specs
  • Snapdragon 600 processor
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 5-inch Full HD display – 1920 x 1080 – 441 pixels per inch
  • 16GB / 32GB storage (select carriers) with support for 128GB microSD cards
  • 2MP front-facing camera
  • 13MP camera
  • 802.11ac WiFi
  • NFC
  • 2600 mAh battery

DisplayMate, one of the leading voices on display technology, calls the Galaxy Note 4 display the best they’ve ever seen. Earlier this year, the publication claimed that the Galaxy S5 display, a display that has now been trumped by the Galaxy Note 4, was better than the iPhone 5s’ Retina Display. In other words, the Galaxy Note 4 display is going to produce better looking content than the Galaxy S4′s. So what does this have to do with the Galaxy Note Edge? A lot.

The Galaxy Note Edge shares screen resolution with the Galaxy Note 4. So, it’s almost certainly going to outperform the Galaxy S4′s full HD 1080p display. There’s another big difference though.

The Galaxy Note Edge comes with a screen that curves down over the edge of the device. Thus the name. The Galaxy Note Edge and its screen can be seen in the video below.

The Galaxy Note Edge comes with a bent, curved display that comes with some distinct advantages. The bent part of the Galaxy Note Edge’s display not only offers better viewing angles for content, it also provides users with an extremely quick way to access their most used applications, settings and more. All it takes is the swipe of a thumb.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note Edge bent display can also display notifications on the side without pausing or interrupting content that’s running on the main screen. So if you’re watching a movie and you get a text or an email, it will appear on the side as opposed to on the main screen. This is only the beginning as Samsung will deliver a Galaxy Note Edge SDK that will allow developers to take full advantage of the new display type.

There are some other key differences as well. The Galaxy Note Edge will feature Optical Image Stabilization with its camera, technology that minimizes shakiness to deliver better looking photos and video. The Galaxy S4′s 13MP rear camera does not come with Optical Image Stabilization. It also doesn’t come with the same camera app that Samsung’s upgraded inside the Galaxy Note Edge’s software.

Samsung’s Galaxy S4 comes in two sizes (16GB and 32GB for AT&T and Verizon), the Galaxy Note Edge comes in two as well though we expect only one model to arrive in the United States. Both come with expandable storage and both come with removable back plates.

Galaxy Note Edge Features vs. Galaxy S4 Features

Samsung’s new smartphones always come with brand new features and the Galaxy Note Edge is no different. Samsung has loaded it up with powerful features that will make it an attractive alternative to the aging Galaxy S4. Here are some of the key features that prospective Galaxy Note Edge buyers will want to pay attention to.

  • UV Sensor – Allows you to measure UV radiation with your phone. This is something that could help to prevent health issues and it’s something that isn’t found on the Galaxy S4.
  • S Pen – The Galaxy Note Edge will come with a brand new S Pen that can take advantage of unique apps. It’s improved over the Galaxy Note 3′s and it’s going to be one of the biggest differences between it and the Galaxy S4. Make sure you need the S Pen before jumping into an upgrade.
  • Heart rate sensor – This Galaxy Note Edge feature will allow you to measure your pulse. It ties into the S Health 3.5 app that Samsung is releasing alongside the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge. The Galaxy S4 does not have one.
  • Fast charging – The Galaxy Note Edge comes with fast charging capabilities that will allow users to charge at a much faster rate than usual. The company says a full charge will take approximately 30 minutes or so.
  • Fingerprint sensor – The Galaxy S4 doesn’t come with one, the Galaxy Note Edge does.
Galaxy S4 vs. Galaxy Note Edge Software & Upgrades

Samsung’s Galaxy S4 currently runs Android 4.4 KitKat as its base operating system. And while these two devices both run Samsung’s TouchWiz UI, they aren’t anything alike.

The Galaxy Note Edge runs Google’s Android 4.4.4 KitKat operating system as a base though the software has been modified with a new version of TouchWiz that’s designed for the S Pen and mulitasking in mind.

Samsung’s made some significant improvements to this year’s S Pen including increased sensitivity on the Note Edge screen to make the note taking experience on the Galaxy Note Edge feel more like writing on paper. More sensitivity also leads to better looking text from handwriting. Samsung’s also made some significant improvements to the S Pen’s applications including, Air Command, S Note and Voice Memo, and more.

More importantly, the company has improved the Galaxy Note Edge’s multitasking, multitasking that the Galaxy S4, for the moment, cannot match. One of the reasons is a feature called Multi-Window View. It can be seen in action on the Galaxy Note 4 in the video below.

Multi-Window View allows users to run multiple applications on screen at the same time. With the Galaxy Note Edge, Samsung has made some admirable changes including the ability to access applications in full, split or pop-up screens. Galaxy Note Edge users will now also be able to reposition apps on the screen with just one swipe.

We could see some of the new features, Multi-Window View for instance, arrive for the Galaxy S4 down the road though that’s far from guaranteed. Samsung likes to outfit its old devices with new software features but it never releases the whole feature set.

One last thing we should point out. Samsung devices typically get two years of software support. The Galaxy S4 is approaching its second year of life which means that its window is closing pretty quickly. The Galaxy Note Edge on the other hand should get updated for the foreseeable future. Keep that in mind before buying the cheap Galaxy S4.

For more information about the Galaxy S4, have a look at our most recent review.

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Galaxy Note Edge vs Galaxy S4: 5 Things Buyers Need to Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Verizon Moto X 2014 Release Date Imminent

GottaBeMobile - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 01:57

Verizon Moto X 2014 Release Date Imminent is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Verizon Moto X 2014 release date is very close according to a source who shares information backing up the timing for the new Moto X 2014 update to arrive at Verizon Stores.

Officially the Verizon Moto X 2014 release date is still up in the air but rumors indicate it will arrive in the next several days.

A reliable source shared an important detail that confirms the Verizon Moto X 2014 release date is just days away. Verizon stores are receiving demo models for the new Moto X.

Read: Moto X 2014 Hands On

According to the limited information we know, the demos include various premium options like leather or wood. It was not clear exactly which new Moto X 2014 finish options Verizon stores will keep on hand, but this is a good sign that a Verizon Moto Maker option for the Moto X 2014 is almost here as well.

Stores are ready for the Verizon Moto X 2014 release date.

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At this point the Moto X 2014 release is in a jumble with some new Moto X orders arriving early while others are not even listed with a tracking number. AT&T is the only carrier officially selling the Moto X 2014 at this time, but Verizon is soon to join. We know there is no Sprint Moto X 2014 release planned at this time.

Last week a screenshot showed the potential for a Verizon Moto X 2014 release date on September 26th, and with this new information it is very likely that you can go to a Verizon store to buy the Moto X 2014 model on Friday September 26th. In many cases the demo devices that go on display at carriers only arrive days before the release.

Assuming the Verizon Moto X 2014 release date arrives on Friday, shoppers can expect to pay $99 on contract. The original Moto X on Verizon is already free with a contract. For a limited time you can expect this will include a wood back as a free upgrade. At least one Verizon Moto X 2014 demo unit includes this feature.

You’ll find at least one wood Moto X 2014 option at Verizon and count on a free upgrade.

Motorola announced the Moto X 2014 or Moto X 2nd generation at an event earlier this month, revealing a selection of updates including a new 5.2-inch 1080P display, aluminum frame with built-in antenna as well as new voice control and other intelligent features.

The new Moto X 2014 model includes three IR sensors on the front that can detect gestures and wake up the display to show notifications using the excellent preview of notifications that the company introduced on the original last year.

Updated voice control on the Moto X 2014 includes the ability to add your own wake up phrase, put the phone into sleep mode, wake it up and to interact with Facebook, YouTube and WhatsApp.

An updated 13MP camera includes a dual LED ring shaped flash and the ability to quick start with the flick of a wrist. Motorola also includes a feature that captures the image right before you press the shutter as well, which can turn a shot that’s just too late into a perfect photo.

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Verizon Moto X 2014 Release Date Imminent is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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How to Fix iOS 8 Wi-Fi Problems

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 23:50

How to Fix iOS 8 Wi-Fi Problems is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

iOS 8 problems continue to plague iPhone and iPad users of all shapes and sizes in the days after the update’s release. Here, we address one of the biggest iOS 8 problems and tell you how to fix most iOS 8 Wi-Fi problems.

A week ago, Apple finally released its all new iOS 8 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. iOS 8 is a massive update that delivers new features, design tweaks, enhancements, and fixes for lingering iOS 7 problems. It also, as iPhone and iPad users discovered after the release date, delivered its own set of problems and issues.

In the days after the iOS 8 release, iPhone and iPad users noticed a series of iOS 8 problems including poor battery life, broken Wi-Fi, random crashes and freezes, sluggishness, poor app performance, issues switching from portrait to landscape mode, and poor performance in a number of other areas. These iOS 8 issues caused many iPhone and iPad users to cry out for an iOS 8.0.1 update.

Today, that iOS 8.0.1 update arrived though like iOS 8, it also came loaded with issues, issues that forced Apple to pull the update from its servers. While it works on fixing its update, we want to work on fixing your iOS 8 problems and today we want to take a look at iOS 8 Wi-Fi issues in particular.

For the past two years, Apple’s discussion forum have been rife with complaints about Wi-Fi issues. iPhone and iPad users have complained about a wide variety of issues from grayed out Wi-Fi to unstable connections. From the look of things, those issues persist for iPhone and iPad users inside Apple’s new iOS 8 update.

While there is no guaranteed fix for iOS 8 Wi-Fi issues, there are a few things that iPhone and iPad users can try before performing a factory reset, replacing a router, or taking the device to an Apple Store to get looked at. These fixes have been passed down from the iOS 6 update and they’ve worked for many users in the past.

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Here’s a simple fix for many iOS 8 Wi-Fi problems.

The first thing you’ll want to do is reset your networking settings. This is an extremely easy process though it could take a couple of minutes to complete so you’ll want to set aside some time. To do this, open up your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and head to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings.

You’ll need your passcode and again, a few minutes of time because the phone or tablet is going to reboot itself. You’ll also want to track down your commonly used Wi-Fi passwords because this is going to reset those forcing you to enter them again.

Try turning off Wi-Fi Networking as well.

If that doesn’t fix things, you can also try turning off Wi-Fi Networking. To do that, head to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services. After performing these two steps, you’ll want to reboot your phone. Once it’s rebooted, there’s a chance, again a chance, that your Wi-Fi will be working normally again.

If neither of those steps works, then it’s time to take some drastic steps. First, you might want to try restarting your modem and/or router. We suggest doing both. If that doesn’t work, try installing the latest firmware for your router. If none of that works, you can take your iPhone or iPad to an Apple Store and have a Genius look at it.

You could also try reverting to factory settings and restoring from a backup. This could be a painful process for many of you and it should be considered only if all other options are exhausted.

We’ll keep digging for more fixes for iOS 8 Wi-Fi problems as we push further away from the iOS 8 release date.

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How to Fix iOS 8 Wi-Fi Problems is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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5 Best Galaxy S5 Battery Cases

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 23:39

5 Best Galaxy S5 Battery Cases is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

When it comes to buying a case for your Samsung Galaxy S5 the options are almost unlimited. Every case manufacturer around seems to be offering an option for the popular flagship phone, but there are a few unique cases that can help you get better battery life while also protecting your new phone.

The Galaxy S5 is packed full of features, many of which are designed to save battery life, but many users are always looking for a little more juice. Picking a case for your $600 smartphone or 2-year investment is no easy task, and you’ll want to select something that will protect your device, but hopefully also offer some added functions or features. There are cases with kickstands, wallet cases (as linked to below) and even cases with extended battery options built-in.

Read: 5 Best Wallet Cases for the Galaxy S5

The new Samsung Galaxy S5 has been available for roughly six months in the United States, so there are tons of accessories available for owners. Today we wanted to focus specifically on cases that will extend your battery life to two, or even 3 days if used correctly. We’ve already rundown 11 or so great Galaxy S5 cases, and below are our five favorite Galaxy S5 battery cases.

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is both dust and water resistant with an IP67 certification, and has a large 2,800 mAh battery to keep it charged all day. However, users may still want to cover it with a case. Protecting it from drops to break the screen, or daily wear and tear is on thing, but getting more battery life for business or personal needs is another.

If you’re going to cover it with a case, you might as well get better battery life and additional protection, so here’s our five favorite options.

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What makes it one of the better options though, is these two pieces are separate so you only see and use the bulky battery case when you truly need it. It comes with a durable regular TPU and hard shell case, one that slides and locks into the 2,800 mAh battery case. This essentially doubles battery life.

Our only complaint is you'll need to take off the micro-USB cover that makes the phone water-resistant. Meaning you're sacrificing an important feature for better battery life. Double, in fact.

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5 Best Galaxy S5 Battery Cases is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Help Me Build a Youtube Survival Guide for Teachers

The Tech Savvy Educator - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 21:33

After years of watching school districts around my own open up YouTube to their staff, students, and in some cases anyone using the public wi-fi, I finally pushed last year to do the same in my district. Our staff had always had access to YouTube, and our online students at the High School had access for their classes, but that was it. Teachers could use YouTube videos for whole group instruction, or post videos for use at home, but students were restricted to the Education version of YouTube while at school, a smaller portal of curated videos found on the platform that have clear educational value for the K-16 classroom.

There are GREAT videos found in YouTube’s Education portal, but the reality is that YouTube has become so pervasive in our culture, that most of the videos our teachers want to use (and have been using) exist out among the general morass of YouTube videos. The hurdle we faced, and still do, is the need for teachers to have effective management strategies and techniques for dealing with a fully unfiltered YouTube in their classrooms. But just typing that last sentence makes me anxious for all of the teachers and parents that question unleashing YouTube upon our classrooms (I tend to over-empathize), and fret for how to effectively manage student behavior while watching YouTube videos. I want teachers and parents in my school district to feel confident that we are always developing and seeking out new strategies for using such an enticingly distractive, yet educationally wealthy, platform like YouTube.

This book may or may not have saved my life on more than one occasion.

I have a lot of knick-knacks and joke books in my collection of former teaching supplies that still occupy a small corner of my work area. One of them is the Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook, given to me  as a joke one Christmas (I’m a card carrying Eagle Scout). It was humorous to read a few of the stories to my old classes as an example of a “how to” manual that wasn’t some dry expository text. I’ve kept it around because I’ve had an idea to assemble a “Classroom Scenario Survival Handbook” for various realms of technology for some time now, and I thought starting with YouTube would be a good place to start.

So far, I’ve broken the process down into 3 basic steps:

  1. Collect strategies and resources
  2. Curate them into meaningful categories and themes (on task strategies, extending YouTube into projects, etc.)
  3. Publish a simple eBook/website/document with strategies for all skill levels

I’m currently starting with step number one, and I’d love to get all the help I can! Just follow the link below to help me collect any and all effective strategy you may have for using Youtube for instruction:

The Classroom Scenario Survival Handbook for YouTube

 

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iOS 8.0.1 on iPad Air: Impressions & Performance

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 18:41

iOS 8.0.1 on iPad Air: Impressions & Performance is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

A week after releasing iOS 8 for iPhone and iPad, Apple’s released a new update dubbed iOS 8.0.1. The iOS 8.0.1 update is a small bug fix update aimed at fixing iOS 8 problems and here, we take a look at how it’s performing thus far on Apple’s current 9.7-inch iPad, the iPad Air.

Last week, after a lengthy beta process, Apple released the iOS 8 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. As expected, the update delivered a number of big time changes including improvements to the Photos app, iMessage, battery usage, accessibility, and more. The iOS 8 isn’t the massive overhaul that was iOS 7 but it’s a big update nonetheless.

Over the past week, we’ve spent quality time with the iOS 8 update for iPad Air, Apple’s newest 9.7-inch iPad. Our first impressions of iOS 8 were solid and the update seemed to be performing better than the iOS 8 update for older devices like the iPad 3, iPhone 5, and iPhone 4s, all of which are experiencing issues in Apple’s latest update.

With iOS 8 problems mounting for iPhone and iPad users, Apple today released an iOS 8.0.1 update aimed at fixing at least some of these iOS 8 issues. The update, which rolled out about an hour and a half ago, is a small update that contains a number of fixes including fixes for iOS 8 keyboards, a fix for the Photo Library, a fix for unexpected cellular data usage when receiving SMS or MMS messages, and a ringtone fix amongst others. It’s not a massive update but it’s an iOS update nonetheless.

We’ve spent the last hour and a half poking and prodding the iOS 8.0.1 update for iPad Air for issues and here, we want to share our first impressions of an update that seemingly is not without issues of its own. Here are our first impressions of iOS 8.0.1 for the iPad Air.

Installing iOS 8.0.1

The iOS 8 installation process on the iPad Air was a frustrating experience and one that I wouldn’t wish on anyone. It took well over and hour and had me jumping through a series of hoops just to get the update downloaded. This being an incremental iOS 8 update, I had a feeling that I wouldn’t run into the same kinds of issues. And I didn’t.

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iOS 8.0.1 was released for iPhone and iPad today.

Apple’s iOS 8.0.1 update is a 69MB update for the iPad Air. It requires about 1GB of free space to install Over-the-Air and those that don’t have that amount of space are encouraged to install thru iTunes instead of deleting files. The process, from start to finish, took about 15 minutes. That’s extremely fast for an iOS update.

While your experience might differ, don’t expect to run into the same chaos that impacted last week’s iOS 8 release. Smaller updates don’t attract the same kind of attention and thus, Apple’s servers tend to hold up in the minutes and hours after the initial release.

Note: It does look like Apple may have pulled the update, at least for now, so those that weren’t in the process of installing may not be able to get it. Consider this review a primer for a new iOS 8.0.1 update or iOS 8.0.2.

iOS 8 Performance

When it comes to the performance of iOS updates like iOS 8.0.1, I like to look at five different areas in particular. Those areas are: Applications and how they’re performing post update, battery life and whether there is abnormal drain, random bugs or hiccups, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth performance, and overall speed. After spending some quality time with the iOS 8.0.1 update for iPad Air, here’s what I’ve found.

Apps

I’ve been having a ton of app problems on the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4s though those app problems have not impacted me on the iPad Air. Problem apps like Google Chrome seem to be working well and thus far, I’ve yet to experience any random crashes after updating all of my applications and updating from iOS 8 to iOS 8.0.1.

Obviously, I don’t have every single app that you have so I’ve tested popular applications. They include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Chrome, Netflix, Spotify, Soundcloud, Google Maps, Google Hangouts, Pandora, The Weather Channel App, and YouTube. I also play a lot of games on the iPad so I’ve thrown in Angry Birds Space, Kingdom Rush, Tiny Wings, and a graphics intensive game called The Room 2.

All of these are working fine after iOS 8.0.1.

iOS 8 Battery Life

iOS 8 battery life has been fantastic thus far. I’m still able to get a day of use after making the upgrade and I don’t see anything catastrophic happening after installing iOS 8.0.1. That is to say that the device is charging normally and I’m not seeing any insane battery drain. This could change in the hours and days after the release but given how stable iOS 7 and iOS 8 have been, I’m confident that it will remain solid.

iOS 8.0.1 battery life is solid.

If you are experiencing abnormal battery life after installing iOS 8.0.1, you’ll want to check out our iOS 8 battery life tips. These tips could help to alleviate iOS 8 battery life issues on your iPad Air going forward though as is the case with any unofficial fixes, mileage will vary.

Connectivity

I own a Wi-Fi only iPad Air so I can’t speak to 4G LTE connectivity. What I can say is that both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are both working as they should inside iOS 8.0.1. I’m able to pull down fast speeds on public and private networks and I was quickly and efficiently able to connect to several Bluetooth speakers to play music via Spotify.

Bugs & Issues

I’ve only had the iOS 8.0.1 update on my iPad Air for a limited time and while that’s not enough time to deem iOS 8.0.1 bug-free, it is enough time for me to relay some feedback.

Thus far, I’ve yet to stumble upon any noticeable bugs, flaws or game changing issues. The update appears to be very stable for a major update though bugs typically show themselves in the days, weeks and even months after release. I should point out that my iOS 8.0 experience on my iPad Air was virtually flawless. I saw a few app crashes in my week with the software but I did not encounter any random weirdness.

Again, bugs will make themselves known in the hours and days after release but thus far, I’ve yet to stumble upon any hero level bugs that need immediate attention.

Speed

iOS 7 was fast on the iPad Air. iOS 7.1 was fast on the iPad Air. iOS 8 was fast on the iPad Air. iOS 8.0.1 is fast on the iPad Air. While iOS 8 is having issues on the iPhone 4s, I’ve yet to experience any abnormal sluggishness or slowdown on my iPad. The 64-bit A7 processor is holding up nicely and the performance is as good as it was in the hours and days before the release of iOS iOS 8.0.1.

Should You Install iOS 8?

iOS 8.0.1 comes with a number of bug fixes and I’ve yet to see any performance issues emerge in my time with it. If iOS 8.0.1 is available for your iPad Air (and it may not be now that it has been pulled) and you’re experiencing problems in iOS 8.0, my advice is to give it a go. It may fix more than what is listed on the change log.

If iOS 8.0 is running flawlessly, you might want to consider waiting. Apple never forces you to install and update and if you’re nervous, you could always wait a few days or a few weeks to see how the update is performing then.

Look for Apple to release a new iOS update in the coming hours or days to fix cellular and Touch ID problems plaguing non-iPad Air users. My guess is that the experience on the new update will be similar to the experience on this version of iOS 8.0.1.

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iOS 8.0.1 on iPad Air: Impressions & Performance is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Apple Watch Release Not Expected Until After Valentine’s Day

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 18:24

Apple Watch Release Not Expected Until After Valentine’s Day is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

Apple finally announced and unveiled its extremely hyped smartwatch during the company’s iPhone 6 event earlier this month. However, Tim Cook and company didn’t give us a release date other than at some point in early 2015. According to the latest reports, we probably won’t see the Apple Watch release until after Valentine’s Day.

According to The Information, Apple employees and partners expected the smartwatch to be released in 2014, but issues with the project has apparently pushed that date back — a date in which these employees and partners agree won’t be before Valentine’s Day.

In fact, one source who is involved in shipping the Apple Watch said that the Cupertino-based company would be “lucky to ship it by Valentine’s Day.”

Apple is usually known for launching big new products ahead of an upcoming shopping season, but the Apple Watch will be an exception, releasing at some point early next year. Valentine’s Day would be the only other shopping season alternatives, but if these new reports are correct, Apple won’t even have its watch out by then.

The Apple Watch will start at a steep $349 and will come in three different styles: Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport, and Apple Watch Edition. There are still quite a few details about the device that we don’t know about yet, including the release date. Also, no word on battery life or connectivity options, which is a bit odd, but we’re guessing we’ll hear about that soon enough, possibly at Apple’s iPad event next month.

While the company has taken the “i” prefix out of the name, that doesn’t mean it loses its Apple value. The device’s design is very similar to that of Apple’s other iOS products, and it even runs a modified version of iOS.

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However, Cook has said that the company didn’t just shrink down the iPhone’s user interface and strap it to your wrist. Instead, the touchscreen UI is much different on the Watch than on an iPhone.

For example, instead of using pinch-to-zoom on the tiny touchscreen on the Watch, you use a small dial that you turn in order to zoom in and out while viewing maps or otherwise. Pressing the dial, which Apple calls the “digital crown,” will take you back to the home screen.

The touch screen is a rather unique one. For starters, it uses sapphire glass, which was rumored in the past of course, but the display also senses pressure, which means that it can tell the difference between a “tap” and a “press,” and it’s essentially like the difference between a left-click and right-click on a computer mouse.

The Apple Watch is quite the fitness device as well, as it has a myriad of sensors on the bottom to record your heart rate and other vitals, and it borrows the GPS signal from your iPhone for running or cycling apps to use. It looks like it’ll track your fitness activities better than most wearable devices can, but we’ll have to test it out first before we make such claims.

What’s perhaps most impressive is that the Watch will analyze the text of a message and will provide you with pre-determined answers to allow you to easily answer back with just a tap. Otherwise, you can talk to the device and have it translate that into text.

Other features include the ability to tweet from the Watch and even unlock hotel room doors with a quick wave at select SPG hotels. A ton of apps are getting support for the device, so you’ll be able to do a ton of stuff, like look up scores, browse Pinterest and even adjust your Nest thermostat.

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Apple Watch Release Not Expected Until After Valentine’s Day is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

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iPhone 5c: The iPhone That Isn’t Worth Buying for $0

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 00:46

iPhone 5c: The iPhone That Isn’t Worth Buying for $0 is a post by Xavier Lanier from Gotta Be Mobile.

The iPhone 5c is the most affordable iPhone Apple sells, but you should avoid at all costs. While it’s free with a two-year contract, I cannot recommend this device to anyone since Apple crippled it. Read on to why we don’t recommend buying the iPhone 5c and what you should buy instead.

The iPhone 5c debuted alongside the iPhone 5s in late 2013. The iPhone 5c is essentially an iPhone 5 wrapped in a plastic skin that differentiates it from the metal iPhone 5 and the newer iPhone 5s. When it debuted, the iPhone 5c debuted it cost just $99, which was $100 cheaper than the iPhone 5s. The original $99 version of the iPhone 5c came with 16GB of storage and there was a 32GB model available that cost $199.

Those two original iPhone 5c models are no longer available and Apple’s replaced them with an 8GB version of the iPhone 5c.  That’s simply not enough space for iPhone users in this day and age. Keep in mind that only 4.9GB of the 8GB iPhone 5c is available to the user, with the remainder reserved for iOS 8 and Apple’s built-in apps.  Going with a 8GB iPhone 5c likely means you won’t be able to update to the next version of iOS without completely wiping your device. How do we know that? Because iOS 8 requires 6.9 GB to install

Buying an iPhone 5c means you won’t have enough room to download even a single HD movie after downloading a handful of apps and shooting a few of your own videos. Yes, more and more data is stored in the cloud these days, but nothing beats the convenience of local storage. Two of the biggest complaints we get about iPhones is that they never have enough battery life and they always seem to run out of storage. Battery life can be improved by optimizing settings, uninstalling certain apps and buying an external battery pack or case.  But internal storage cannot be ‘fixed’ once you buy an iPhone.

The iPhone 5s starts at $99 and is the cheapest iPhone we recommend. At $99 it comes with 16GB, which is the same starting point as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. That’s still not enough for many users, but it at least provides a reasonable starting point. It’s also very likely that we’ll start seeing significant price breaks on the iPhone 5s as we head into the holiday season. Apple just cut the price of the iPhone 5s in half, but that probably won’t be enough to clear out stock at retailers considering the iPhone 6 will be sitting right next to it and there are tons of options that allow people to buy the newer iPhone with no money down.

The iPhone 5s has several key advantages over the iPhone 5c, which are easily worth the extra $99, including the extra 8GB of storage. The iPhone 5s has a much better camera that includes a two-tone flash for more natural lighting. It also comes with Touch ID, the fingerprint scanning feature that makes it easier to unlock iPhones and make purchases on the App Store and in iTunes. The iPhone 5c comes with a dated processor (A6) that isn’t speedy enough to perform some camera functions such as burst mode and slo-mo mode The iPhone 5s has Apple’s M7 motion processor that lets it provide information to apps such as fitness trackers.

The iPhone 5s also allows users to bump up to 32GB for only $50 more. It’s very easy to argue that 24GB of extra storage over the iPhone 5c is worth $149 alone.

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Some users may not have $99 extra to spare for the iPhone 5s, but that can be worked around too. All major U.S. carriers have payment plans that bring the upfront cost of buying the iPhone 5s down to zero. You’ll have to do the calculations yourself to see if this ends up saving you money in the long run, but it definitely does for many since carriers are trying to move people off of traditional contracts and onto plans that offer monthly discounts in exchange for paying full price for devices. For example, the Verizon Edge payment plan spreads the full cost of the phone ($549 for the iPhone 5s) out over 20 months. That means a Verizon Edge customer will pay $27.49 per month for the phone. Verizon Edge payment plan for the iPhone 5c is $22.49, just $5 less per month. The monthly Verizon Edge payments are partially or fully negated by the $15 or $25 monthly service discounts Verizon applies depending on how much data you buy.

The iPhone 6 is miles ahead of the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s in a number of departments, but we don’t expect to see discounts on the latest iPhone any time soon.

Any way you cut it, the iPhone 5s is definitely worth $99 more than the iPhone 5c. We recommend paying the difference up front or you’ll be left paying for it in the near future when you run out of space and your iPhone 5c becomes nearly unusable.

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iPhone 5c: The iPhone That Isn’t Worth Buying for $0 is a post by Xavier Lanier from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Galaxy Note 4 vs Galaxy S4: 5 Things Buyers Need to Know

GottaBeMobile - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 00:24

Galaxy Note 4 vs Galaxy S4: 5 Things Buyers Need to Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Current Samsung Galaxy S4 users weighing an early upgrade are likely taking a look at the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Samsung’s new Galaxy Note and a device that’s scheduled to hit the U.S. in October. With a Galaxy Note 4 release date in sight, we take a look at the key things buyers can take away from the Galaxy Note 4 vs Galaxy S4.

In early September, Samsung took to the stage in Berlin, Germany to announce several new products for the fall. First, we saw another intro for the Samsung Gear S, an Apple Watch competitor and a device that appears to be a solid alternative to current Android smartwatches. We also saw the Gear VR virtual reality headset make its first appearance.

The star of the show though was arguably the new Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 successor and a device that’s poised to strike in the United States in October. As expected, the Galaxy Note 4 is a tantalizing flagship smartphone and one that should be tempting for those looking to upgrade to a new Galaxy smartphone this fall.

Many Galaxy S4 users are weighing their options. The Galaxy S4 is getting older and with carriers offering early upgrades, some users are thinking about making a switch. While the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are both worth looking at, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is another flagship that Galaxy S4 users familiar with TouchWiz will want to consider.

While we can’t tell you what to do, we can push you in the right direction. Ahead of the Galaxy Note 4 release, we take a look at the five most important things buyers need to know about the Galaxy Note 4 vs Galaxy S4. Keep in mind, this is aimed at Galaxy S4 upgraders though it will apply to those looking at buying either the Galaxy Note 4 or Galaxy S4.

Galaxy Note 4 Release Date

Earlier this month, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 release date was confirmed for October. Now, two weeks later, we finally have concrete and specific Galaxy Note 4 release details to share with you.

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AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon confirmed the Galaxy Note 4 release date for October 17th, or, a little over a month from now. Expect that date to remain concrete as we move forward.

AT&T and Verizon are currently taking pre-orders for the Galaxy Note 4. T-Mobile will start taking them on September 24th and Sprint will take them on September 26th. It’s not clear if U.S. Cellular will take them or not.

What this means is that you probably won’t be able to physically compare the two for at least a few weeks as Samsung works to deliver the Galaxy Note 4 to the United States. As we’ve pointed out many times, we highly recommend absorbing this advice and then checking the phones out for yourself. Picking a smartphone is an extremely personal decision.

Galaxy Note 4 Size vs. Galaxy S4 Size

The Galaxy S4 is a Galaxy S. The Galaxy Note 4 is a Galaxy Note. Galaxy Notes are traditionally bigger than the Galaxy S and that’s exactly what we have here with the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 4. The Galaxy Note 4 is a massive phone, larger than the 5-inch Galaxy S4, and larger than most smartphones on the market right now.

While we can’t compare the two physically, the photo below will give you an idea about the Galaxy Note 4′s size. Even for you Galaxy S4 users, its size is going to take a bit of an adjustment.

Here’s how that breaks down:

  • Galaxy Note 4 – 153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5 mm – 176 grams
  • Galaxy S4 - 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm – 130 grams

The Galaxy Note 4 is taller, wider, thicker, and heavier than the Galaxy S4. That weight difference is going to be noticeable and so is the

What this means is that the Galaxy Note 4 is going to be a little harder to use with one hand and it’s also going to be less pocketable. Those of you who are accustomed to storing your phone in your skinny jeans might have some trouble fitting the Galaxy Note 4. It’s not the same size difference that you’re going to get from the Galaxy Note 4 vs iPhone 5s but the Galaxy S4 is clearly the smaller device.

Galaxy Note 4 Specs vs. Galaxy S4 Specs

Not all of you will want or need to compare specs, especially given the Galaxy S4′s age, but if you do, you’re going to find that the Galaxy Note 4 comes with a spec list that puts the Galaxy S4 to shame. We’ll point out some of the key differences that you should be aware of in the build up to the Galaxy Note 4 release in October.

Galaxy Note 4 Specs
  • Snapdragon 805 processor (U.S.)
  • Android 4.4.4 KitKat
  • 5.7-inch Quad HD display – 2560 x 1440  – 515 pixels per inch
  • 32GB storage with support for 128GB microSD cards
  • 3.7MP front-facing camera
  • 16MP camera with Optical Image Stabilization
  • 4G LTE
  • 802.11ac WiFi
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • UV sensor
  • Heart rate sensor
  • NFC
  • 3220 mAh battery
  • S Pen
Galaxy S4 Specs
  • Snapdragon 600 processor
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 5-inch Full HD display – 1920 x 1080 – 441 pixels per inch
  • 16GB / 32GB storage (select carriers) with support for 128GB microSD cards
  • 2MP front-facing camera
  • 13MP camera
  • 802.11ac WiFi
  • NFC
  • 2600 mAh battery

DisplayMate, one of the leading voices on display technology, calls the Galaxy Note 4 display the best they’ve ever seen. Earlier this year, the publication claimed that the Galaxy S5 display, a display that has now been trumped by the Galaxy Note 4, was better than the iPhone 5s’ Retina Display. In other words, the Galaxy Note 4 display is going to produce better looking content than the Galaxy S4′s. It’s that simple.

The Galaxy Note 4 display also provides far more real estate for gaming, browsing the web, and more. Again, that comes with a cost which is its overall size. There’s more space but it’s less pocketable.

The Galaxy Note 4 will feature Optical Image Stabilization with its 16MPcamera, technology that minimizes shakiness to deliver better looking photos and video. The Galaxy S4′s 8MP camera does not come with OIS. And while we don’t know how well the Galaxy Note 4 camera will perform just yet, there’s a good chance that a sensor from 2014 is going to best one from 2013. After all, the Galaxy S5 camera is better than the Galaxy S4′s.

Samsung’s Galaxy S4 comes in two sizes (16GB and 32GB for AT&T and Verizon), the Galaxy Note 4 comes in one. Both devices come with expandable storage and removable back plates that allow users to install an extended battery for more juice.

Galaxy Note 4 Features vs. Galaxy S4 Features

The Galaxy Note 4 also comes with a number of new features that are worth pointing out. Many of these features aren’t found on the Galaxy S4 though it will be up to you to decide if the bells and whistles are worth the cost.

  • UV Sensor – Allows you to measure UV radiation with your phone. This is something that could help to prevent health issues and it’s something that isn’t found on the Galaxy S4.
  • Heart Rate Sensor – The Galaxy Note 4 comes with a heart rate sensor tucked away near the camera. The sensor can help track your pulse and ties into the company’s new S Health 3.5 application. The Galaxy S4 does not have one.
  • S Pen – This is one of the biggest differences between the two. The Galaxy Note 4 comes with a bundled stylus called the S Pen that can take advantage of unique apps. It also allows you to write and draw on the screen. It can be seen in action in the video below. The Galaxy S series does not come with an S Pen or S Pen support.

  • Fast charging – The Galaxy Note 4 comes with fast charging capabilities that will allow users to charge at a much faster rate than usual. The company says a full charge will take approximately 30 minutes or so. The Galaxy S4 doesn’t come with fast charging capabilities though it does come with a much smaller battery. Don’t let this feature sway you.
  • Fingerprint sensor – The Galaxy S4 doesn’t come with a fingerprint sensor for added security and convenience. The Galaxy Note 4 does.
Galaxy S4 vs. Galaxy Note 4 Software & Upgrades

Samsung’s Galaxy S4 currently runs Android 4.4 KitKat as its base operating system. And while these two devices both run Samsung’s TouchWiz UI, they aren’t anything alike.

The Galaxy Note 4 runs Google’s Android 4.4.4 KitKat operating system as a base though the software has been modified with a new version of TouchWiz that’s designed for the S Pen and mulitasking in mind.

Samsung’s made some significant improvements to this year’s S Pen including increased sensitivity on the Note 4 screen to make the note taking experience on the Galaxy Note 4 feel more like writing on paper. More sensitivity also leads to better looking text from handwriting. Samsung’s also made some significant improvements to the S Pen’s applications including, Air Command, S Note and Voice Memo, and more.

More importantly, the company has improved the Galaxy Note 4′s multitasking, multitasking that the iPhone 5 simply cannot match. One of the reasons is a feature called Multi-Window View. It can be seen in action on the Galaxy Note 4 in the video below.

Multi-Window View, at its most basic level, allows users to run multiple applications on screen at the same time. With the Galaxy Note 4, Samsung has made some admirable changes including the ability to access applications in full, split or pop-up screens. Galaxy Note 4 users will now also be able to reposition apps on the screen with just one swipe.

We could see some of the new features, Multi-Window View for instance, arrive for the Galaxy S4 down the road though that’s far from guaranteed. Samsung likes to outfit its old devices with new software features but it never releases the whole feature set.

One last thing we should point out. Samsung devices typically get two years of software support. The Galaxy S4 is approaching its second year of life which means that its window is closing pretty quickly. The Galaxy Note 4 on the other hand should get updated for the foreseeable future. Keep that in mind before buying the cheap Galaxy S4.

For more information about the Galaxy S4, have a look at our most recent review.

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Galaxy Note 4 vs Galaxy S4: 5 Things Buyers Need to Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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Samsung Galaxy Android 4.4 Update: What to Expect Now

GottaBeMobile - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 23:23

Samsung Galaxy Android 4.4 Update: What to Expect Now is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

As we push towards the end of the year, Samsung Galaxy smartphone owners are getting antsy when it comes to Android 4.4.2 KitKat, Android 4.4.4 KitKat updates, and an Android L release. With details swirling, we want to take a look at what we expect from Samsung’s remaining Android 4.4 KitKat updates and the future.

At the beginning of June, Google released two new Android 4.4 KitKat updates. First was Android 4.4.3 KitKat, a massive bug fixer. A few days later, the company pushed out its Android 4.4.4 KitKat update. Both were, and still are, bug fixers aimed at squashing major Android 4.4.2 KitKat problems and they continue to land for key devices as we push toward the fall.

Over the past three and a half months, we’ve seen several Android manufacturers make it a point to deliver these two important updates to smartphone users in the U.S. and aboard. And while it waited several weeks, Samsung finally joined the Android 4.4.4 KitKat party a few days ago as it, and its carrier partners, work to improve their big name devices.

Yesterday, we took a deep dive into everything Samsung Galaxy device users (Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 3, and Galaxy Note 2 users in particular) need to know about the Android 4.4 KitKat roll out that now includes Android 4.4.4 KitKat. Now, we want to take a look at some of our own expectations and help users understand what they might be up against moving forward.

Here, we take a look at what to expect now from Samsung’s Android 4.4 KitKat roll out which now includes Android 4.4.2 KitKat and Android 4.4.4 KitKat. We’ll also take a quick look at what we expect from Samsung’s unconfirmed Android L release for Galaxy devices.

Android 4.4.2 KitKat Updates to Continue for Months

If we’re going to make some predictions about Samsung Galaxy Android 4.4 KitKat updates, we need to start with Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Android 4.4.2 KitKat is the update that Google rolled out last November and it’s an update that Samsung’s rolled out to numerous smartphones including the Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note 2, and Galaxy S3.

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The Android 4.4.2 KitKat update continues to push out for select devices including the Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy Note 3, and others and we expect Samsung’s Android 4.4.2 KitKat push to continue for several months. In other words, we don’t expect every single device in every single region to skip from Android 4.3 Jelly Bean to Android 4.4.4 KitKat.

If you live in a region outside a key market like the United States or Korea, and you’re still on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, there’s a very good chance that you’ll get Android 4.4.2 KitKat. We don’t expect Samsung to halt its roll outs in favor of Android 4.4.4 or Android L. And because of that, we’re expecting Android 4.4.2 KitKat roll outs to push on for several more weeks, if not months.

Galaxy S5 Android 4.4.4 KitKat Update

We expect the Galaxy S5 Android 4.4.4 KitKat update roll out to continue and we expect the Sprint Galaxy S5 Android 4.4.4 KitKat update to be one of the next in line.

Earlier today, the Sprint Galaxy S5 Android 4.4.4 KitKat update leaked. It may not be the final build but we’re hearing that it’s a release test candidate. What this means is that there’s a slight chance that it could become the final build for Sprint’s Galaxy S5. Sprint’s already pushed out the Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4.4 KitKat update so an upgrade for its other flagship makes a whole lot of sense.

We expect carriers like AT&T, T-Mobile, and U.S. Cellular to remain silent about upgrades to Android 4.4.4 KitKat though we would not be surprised if they ultimately ended up offering the update to their users.

Android 4.4.4 KitKat is a perfect pre-Android L release update because it comes with an assortment of fixes that are meant to solve Android 4.4.2 KitKat problems. We would expect other U.S. carriers and perhaps other Galaxy S5 carriers around the world to offer up these bug fixes to tackle problems ahead of another major release.

We wouldn’t be surprised if some Galaxy S5 variants, particularly those on smaller carriers, remained on Android 4.4.2 KitKat until the Android L release. Smaller carriers typically have fewer resources (money, engineers, etc) to put towards testing.

Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3 & Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4.4 KitKat Updates

So far, we’ve seen Android 4.4.4 KitKat land for the T-Mobile Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy S3 LTE in Korea. The T-Mobile update rolled out several days ago while the Galaxy S3 Android 4.4.4 KitKat update landed today. We have yet to see a Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4.4 KitKat update make it to Samsung’s aging Galaxy Note. Here’s how we expect things to play out.

We’d be shocked if the T-Mobile Galaxy S4 was the only Galaxy S4 to get Android 4.4.4 KitKat. We still haven’t spotted any other updates lurking around for Galaxy S4 U.S. models though we suspect that someone else, be it Sprint or Verizon or another carrier, will offer up Android 4.4.4 KitKat at some point in the future.

As we’ll point out later, there’s a good chance that Android L is still several months away at least, giving carriers plenty of time to develop Android 4.4.4 KitKat for the Galaxy S4.

It’s important to note that the MetroPCS and C Spire versions of the Galaxy S4 have not been upgraded from Android 4.3. We would not be surprised if they got a bump straight to Android 4.4.4 KitKat at some point in the future.

While we could see Samsung keep the Galaxy S3 LTE Android 4.4.4 KitKat update confined to Korean models, that too would be strange. We expect this update to follow in the footsteps of other major Galaxy Android updates. What that means is that we expect it to slowly roll out to devices around the world. Most Galaxy S3 LTE models remain on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and it looks many of them could skip up to Android 4.4.4 KitKat now that it’s available.

As for the Galaxy Note 2, well, we’d be surprised if it missed Android 4.4.4 KitKat. Too many bug fixes, too many security patches. Android 4.4.4 KitKat is important to the Android OS as a whole.

We expect the Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4.2 KitKat roll out to continue for most phones but we wouldn’t be shocked if a device already running Android 4.4.2 KitKat got Android 4.4.4 KitKat sometime this year with a wider roll out following in the weeks after.

Galaxy S3 Android 4.4.4 KitKat: Last Major Update

We expect the Galaxy S3 to remain on Android 4.4.2 KitKat or Android 4.4.4 KitKat if Samsung decides to push it out to everyone. And we think, given the fixes on board, that there’s a good chance that it will happen.

The Galaxy S3 is now more than two years old and typically, Samsung sticks to a 24 month upgrade cycle. In some cases, 18 months. We already saw it kill off Android 4.4 KitKat for the 3G model and we’re not expecting any miracles as we head into the future. Android 4.4.4 KitKat and its bug fixes will, in our eyes, be the last update for this aging flagship.

Most Samsung Android L Updates in 2015

A rumor from SamMobile puts Samsung’s first Android L updates in November or December. That makes sense. Android L is a huge release, Samsung is facing immense pressure from its rivals, several of which have already confirmed Android L release plans. We could see this happening but we would not expect the majority of Android L updates to arrive in 2015.

Instead, we expect to see the start of a roll out with most updates taking place in 2015. We would not be surprised if Samsung’s Android L release mirrored the Android 4.4 KitKat release. Get an update out around the start of the year, speed things up within a few weeks, and get the update rolled out to everyone within a year or so.

These Devices Should Get Android L After Android 4.4

We expect these devices to move up from Android 4.4.2 or Android 4.4.4 KitKat:

  • Galaxy S5
  • Galaxy S5 mini
  • Galaxy S5 Active
  • Galaxy S4
  • Galaxy S4 Active
  • Galaxy Note 4
  • Galaxy Note Edge
  • Galaxy Note 3
  • Galaxy Note 3 Neo
  • Galaxy Alpha

The Galaxy S4 mini is another possible candidate. So is the Galaxy Note 2. The Galaxy Note 2 though falls into a gray area as it recently hit the two year mark.

These Devices Should Be First to Android L

We expect the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4, the two flagships, to get to Android L first. After those updates push, we’d expect it to hit a device like the Galaxy Note 3. Owners of less adopted devices should temper expectations. Updates for non-flagships typically come way later.

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Samsung Galaxy Android 4.4 Update: What to Expect Now is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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How to Enable Two-Factor Authentication in iCloud

GottaBeMobile - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 18:27

How to Enable Two-Factor Authentication in iCloud is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

Apple recently expanded the ability to secure your iCloud account further by enabling two-factor authentication for iCloud backups, allowing users to secure their iPhone and iPad backups with more than just a regular password. If you still haven’t enabled two-factor authentication for iCloud, now is a great time to do so.

After the recent celebrity photo leaks that apparently were hacked into from the celebs’ iCloud accounts, more and more users are beginning to second-guess the security of their own iCloud accounts, and one way to make it even more secure over a normal password is to enable two-factor authentication.

We’ll explain what this is and how you can enable it on your Apple iCloud account to make it even more secure.

What Is Two-Factor Authentication?

Before you enable such a feature, you have to know how it works first.

Two-factor authentication is a relatively new-ish way of securing your various web accounts using more than just a regular password. Instead, two-factor authentication requires the normal password, as well as a verification code that’s sent to a trusted device that you own, such as your smartphone. You need these two things in order to sign into an account that has two-factor authentication enabled.

This is a far more secure way to go, seeing as how any hacker who wanted to access your web account would need your smartphone as well, since he’d need the verification code that would be sent to it. This would be a bit difficult for hackers to accomplish, as they would also have to steal your smartphone.

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Luckily, Apple has two-factor authentication available for your iCloud account, and there’s no better time to set it up than right now.

How to Set Up iCould Two-Factor Authentication

The first thing you’ll want to do is log into your Apple ID account by going to appleid.apple.com and clicking Manage your Apple ID. From there, log in using your credentials.

Once you’re logged in, click on Password and Security on the left-hand sidebar. You’ll have to answer some security questions first before you can access this section. The questions are those that you set up yourself when you signed up for an Apple ID.

Once you correctly answer your security questions, you’ll finally be on a page where you can begin setting up two-factor authentication, which Apple calls “Two-Step Verification,” since there are a few different names for the feature.

Go ahead and click on Get Started and you’ll be given a brief introduction into what two-factor authentication is and how it works. During this introduction, you can still back out at any time if it’s something that you don’t think you’ll be interested in using, but if you still want to set it up, simply keep hitting Continue.

This is where you’ll hit a temporary road block. For added security, Apple won’t let you enable two-factor authentication until three days have passed. It may seem kind of weird, but it’s a method to prevent quick and dirty hacks from happening. So once you decide that you want to enable the feature, you’ll have to wait three days.

Once that time elapses, though, go back and follow the previous steps by logging into your Apple ID account and click Get Started under the Two-Step Verification block that’s in the Password and Security section.

The first step is to add a phone number that can receive SMS text messages. This number doesn’t have to be your iPhone’s number, as it can also be a trusted friend’s number or a number from another phone that you own and use. You’ll then receive a verification code via text message that you’ll enter in on the website. Once you enter it in, your phone number will be successfully added.

Furthermore, you can also have any of your iOS devices verified to be used to confirm your identity. Just click on Verify next to the device and you’ll again receive a verification code that you’ll enter in on the website. It’s important to note that only iOS devices that have Find My iPhone enabled with your Apple ID are allowed to be used as trusted devices with two-factor authentication.

Once you’ve added a phone number and verified all of your iOS devices that you want verified, click Continue to move on to the next phase of the setup.

The next thing you’ll do is print out or write down the provided Recovery Key. Once you do either option, you’ll then be asked to type it in again to confirm to Apple that you have a copy of it. Click Confirm to go to the next step.

The last thing you’ll need to do before you enable two-factor authentication is to agree with the conditions, which are essentially what you’ll be dealing with when you enable the service. Put a checkmark next to I understand the conditions above and then click Enable two-step Verification.

The next screen confirms that you enabled the feature. Simply click Done to finish the process and exit the setup.

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How to Enable Two-Factor Authentication in iCloud is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

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